Chris Waterworth: Flipped Learning

Flipped learning allows classroom time to focus on the application of knowledge rather than the knowledge itself. 

Watching is more than just sitting back and pressing play. Need to model the process of watching videos you create so that children actively engage with the content. 

Chris disussed the visit he made to the Wroxham School which resulted in him taking back many practices to his own school. Children are not grouped by ability in any area of the curriculum. They have learning parters each week and they choose who to work with. Children self-differentiate their learning. Once they’ve watched a video online, before a lesson, they know what they need to work on. In the classroom there is a challenge system then enables children to choose and then move their learning on. 

Feedback from Ofsted was overwhelmingly positive with a focus on how this process has impacted learning and learning behaviour.

A key part of the approach is homework, which can cause some problems. Needs to become part of regular practice and an expectation. 

Educanon and EdPuzzle are tools that can be used to create video or paste in links from YouTube. The tools allow you to embed questions into videos and receive feedback on the process they have been through. Lessons can be adjusted based on this data. 

Getting students onboard is important and it’s necessary to think about what the challenges back in class will be. How will the content of the challenges engage pupils?

What about those without Internet access? Open up the classroom early, leave out iPads with the video running, give pupils time during the day. 

How can I engage parents? Tell them what children are learning, promote the videos, use social media, use the school website. 

Enhance the process by empowering children to create videos themselves. This is a really powerful way to assess children and identify misconceptions when calculating. 

How to get started:

  • Start small
  • Explain the benefits
  • Model the process of watching 
  • Model the process of taking notes and writing down questions, etc.
  • Send it home 


  • Keep video short! 
  • Vittle free is good as it restricts to 1 minute
  • Find your own way of doing it

The impact of this is that it enables more time in the classroom to be spent on questioning and developing understanding through problem solving activities. Children’s independence increases and parents are able to build on pupils’ learning in class. 

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